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Quoth(The Raven)
post Dec 15 2004, 04:24 AM
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The other day, I encountered the expression "Safe as Houses" on BBCAMERICA.

1. Houses have been known to burn down
2. Houses have been known to be Burgled
3. Statistically, most accidents occur in the home

So, just how safe is a house?

Are there any popular sayings you wonder about, or find bizarre? Tell us, please.


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post Dec 15 2004, 03:13 PM
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One of my favorites to say is, "whatever floats your boat." I know it basically means, whatever you want to do, but it's still a little odd. Another one similar to that is, "whatever tickles your pickle."


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post Dec 15 2004, 07:12 PM
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it bothers me to noo end when ppl say whatever floats your boat or whatever trips your trigger

i donno y

i just dont like it


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Quoth(The Raven)
post Dec 16 2004, 04:28 AM
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"Run roughshod over..."

If I'm to be trampled in the dust, why should I care if the guy who does it is wearing smooth soles or rough soles? It hurts, either way! laugh.gif


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post Dec 16 2004, 07:48 PM
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If I'm to be trampled in the dust, why should I care if the guy who does it is wearing smooth soles or rough soles? It hurts, either way! :lol:


But they could have been wearing spikes.

That would be really rough

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post Dec 16 2004, 08:05 PM
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Sayings PETA should probably look into:

"There's more than one way to skin a cat."

"Why, we just hit two birds with one stone."

There's also the soon-to-be-popular: "When stomping on ant hills, be sure not to wear pants, so you do not perpetuate a rhyming clichè"

I forsee a dreadful future of kitty mutilation and toddler sharpshooting ranges.


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post Dec 16 2004, 08:32 PM
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One of my favorites to say is, "whatever floats your boat." I know it basically means, whatever you want to do, but it's still a little odd. Another one similar to that is, "whatever tickles your pickle."


There was once a film which name has escaped me where this woman would always tell a man 'whatever floats your boat,' when actually she meant 'I love you', so it's almost an unspoken rule not to say that in our group.


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post Dec 16 2004, 11:44 PM
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People often say "I could care less". This irks me, because I know what they actually mean is that they couldn't care less. The first doesn't many any sense. But that's more an overused phrase than an expression...

"Happy as a clam." Whuh?


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post Dec 16 2004, 11:53 PM
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I'm more than guilty of using the phrase 'Top Notch' when I fully realise that using the top notch of my belt would make me a right little porker...


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post Dec 17 2004, 12:15 AM
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"I could care less".


Sometimes I say this because I'm talking about something I have a small concern for and want to demonstrate that it is very much possible for me to care less.

I don't think my friends get it, anyway. tongue.gif


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post Dec 17 2004, 12:55 AM
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the "I could care less" thing has always bothered me too, yet I still use it!
When I read about the "there is more than on way to skin cat" I looked behind me, derectly at my cat for no reason, like I was expecting to see a reaction from her.
The "Dead end" signs on streets confuse me. If it were really a dead end, then It wouldn't end on grass, which you can still drive on, It's just a little harder. If a sign says "dead end" then there should be a cliff at the very end of the pavement. Just to get the point across.
not really an old saying, but still, It bothers me.


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post Dec 17 2004, 01:46 AM
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"I'll fix *your* wagon!" I'm not quite sure what's this supposed to mean, but I know it's some sort of threat...

Now, that just sounds helpful... It sounds about as threatening as "I'll rotate *your* tires!"


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post Dec 18 2004, 12:00 AM
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Some country ones.

"Well, I'll be John Brown!" "Well, I'll be Sam Hill!"

Who are these men and why do we become them in a moment of surprise?
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post Dec 18 2004, 04:44 AM
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I didn't really think about this until after the last Spanish Class-when it was pointed out that the WAY you say something is often as important as WHAT you say...

Here, in America, when you say "Nine-one-one", everyone knows that you're talking about the telephone emergency number. You know, the number you call to report an emergency. On the other hand, if we say "Nine-Eleven", everyone knows you're talking about the world trade center disaster. It's the same number, either way, but the WAY you say it conveys either one idea or the other...

Kinda boggles the mind, a little, if you stop to think about it...


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post Dec 18 2004, 04:46 AM
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QUOTE (IrishGuy @ Dec 17 2004, 08:00 PM)
Some country ones.

"Well, I'll be John Brown!" "Well, I'll be Sam Hill!"

Who are these men and why do we become them in a moment of surprise?
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I'd have to research it, but it seems to me that these are names out of American Folklore... I may be wrong, so don't quote me, but I think Sam Hill was at the Alamo...


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post Dec 18 2004, 04:51 AM
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QUOTE (elphaba2 @ Dec 16 2004, 04:05 PM)
Sayings PETA should probably look into:

"There's more than one way to skin a cat."

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The second half of this saying is: "But none the cat will like." Well, duh. laugh.gif


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post Dec 19 2004, 01:31 AM
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you never know-there may be that one strange cat somewhere, somehow, that enjoys being skined...


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Her dignity shone so bright like a light on a hill
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post Dec 19 2004, 02:39 AM
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QUOTE (Quoth(The Raven) @ Dec 18 2004, 04:46 AM)
I think Sam Hill was at the Alamo...
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Damn your eyes!
/Johnny Cash moment

My favourite daft saying is that two people can get on 'like a house on fire'... So, people run away screaming then? Although technically this might actually occasionally be accurate when I get on well with someone (Cassidy on these forums would be an example) for the most part it's not applicable I feel.


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post Dec 19 2004, 02:46 AM
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"A stitch in time saves nine..." Nine What?


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post Dec 19 2004, 04:07 PM
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QUOTE (Quoth(The Raven) @ Dec 19 2004, 03:46 AM)
"A stitch in time saves nine..." Nine What?
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Nine stitches. [me being an annoying idiot] If you stitch something in time, it saves you having to stitch it another nine times. [/me being an annoying idiot]


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post Dec 19 2004, 06:56 PM
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i hate the saying

back in my day

its just known to lead to a lecture


or speech

or long talk


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post Dec 19 2004, 08:27 PM
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i hate the saying

back in my day

its just known to lead to a lecture


or speech

or long talk


You are right.
i swore I would never use it and I haven't.

I just have a quiet snigger instead.


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post Dec 19 2004, 10:15 PM
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'That rocks my socks (off)' Eh?

I don't know what rocking has to do with socks, other than that they rhyme.


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post Dec 24 2004, 03:47 AM
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"Doesn't let the grass grow under his feet..."

This implies that 'he' is in motion, right? But, if you're in motion, then the grass under your feet CAN grow, as it's no longer under your feet. On the other hand, if you stand still, the grass can't grow under your feet, because it's getting no sunlight... So, if you don't let the grass grow under your feet, you're actually standing still, and not moving. Just the opposite of what the saying implies... blink.gif


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post Dec 24 2004, 04:54 AM
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oww... that made my brain hurt....

anothor one..."near miss"
I belive it was geogre carlin who pointed this out.

WHAM!CRUNCH!
"that was a near miss!"
"yes, but not quite."

doesn't "near miss" mean "near hit"?


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Bad country songs - the deafening twang of the rich white kid blues.
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